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MOLESLEY ON MELLIS, OLAYINKA AND DEADLINE DAY

3 February 2021

Mark Molesley was delighted to add Jacob Mellis to his squad on deadline day.

The midfielder signed from Gillingham on a permanent deal until the end of the season.

James Olayinka also extended his time at the club until the end of the campaign on loan from Arsenal.

Molesley said: "Jacob has got great pedigree, he’s got good experience and an eye for a goal.

"He’s got an eye for a good assist as well, so we were delighted to get that over the line to further enhance us.

"We defend as a team and we score as a team and everybody plays their part in that. We’ve got to make chances for whoever plays up front.

"James Olayinka extended his stay and he’s got goals already for us.

"Another creative attacking player with an eye for goal so there's going to be some good attacking options for us.

"We will have to be patient with him, and we knew that when we took him. Whether it’s a month or a little bit earlier [until he returns to fitness] we’ll have to wait and see.

"It’s another good quality signing.”

On attempts to bring a striker in, Molesley added: "It was frustrating on that front but try and find a forward which will guarantee the things we want and need.

"We certainly went after them and came within a hair’s breadth.

"We were gutted to miss out on a big target, but it wasn’t through lack of effort or hard work and full support from the Chairman. He was with me up until 10:59pm on Monday night trying to get it over the line but unfortunately these things are in a chain and getting good players to leave football clubs is difficult.

"I can only liken it to losing out on your house move on the day of exchange, it was frustratingly torture at the end and we went so close. Like I say, it wasn't through full support from the Chairman, he really backed us on it and it was only because of our want to get the right one.

"We had to get the specific target and it just squirmed out of our grasp at the last moment through no fault of our own.

"It was very frustrating but we still managed to recruit and we’ve got a good squad here."


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